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Empire Editorial: HB 115 a political stunt and nothing more

...In February, the Alaska Legislature managed it."The bill is unconstitutional," wrote Alpheus Bullard, legislative counsel for the state.On Monday, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 115 anyway.HB 115, written...
Opinion | AK legislature
Committee questions new DOT head on ferry changes

...overseer of the ferry system.Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, who chaired the meeting, referred to an opinion by legislative counsel Hilary Martin suggesting Kemp should have consulted with the Marine Transportation Advisory Board under a statute...
Legal opinions vary on state oil tax freeze

...Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. After Monday's presentation by M rquez, Gara requested a second opinion from legislative counsel on the same matter. In a memo, Donald Bullock of the legal team responded by saying, "There is no authority...
Legal opinion: Governor can't tie strings to budget

...there is no room for the executive branch to supplement the provisions of the statutes," reads the opinion by legislative counsel George Utermohle. Murkowski, in signing the capital budget on July 1, said he would allow certain appropriations...
Race seeks to unseat Kerttula

...that." Kerttula, who has held the seat for two two-year terms, has served as an assistant attorney general, legislative counsel to the state Senate Judiciary Committee and an assistant public defender. Since taking the seat in 1998, Kerttula...
Legislative votes for cash? Law says it's OK

...prohibits a legislator from changing a vote in exchange for a campaign contri- bution," reads the opinion by legislative counsel Dan Wayne. That does not mean lawmakers are free to just pocket money for their votes on important bills. Such...
Mum's the word for new commissioners

...development under Gov. Walter Hickel at the age of 32. Gilbertson has served in Washington as legislative director and legislative counsel for Murkowski since 1999. There Gilbertson worked on issues such as Medicaid, children's health care, Social...
Lawmakers review legalities of Palin's gas line bill a wide variety of options and the court could strike this down." Donald M. Bullock, an attorney with the Legislative Counsel, said he is not convinced Palin's inducement would survive a constitutional test. Reiterating the provision...
Gun bill seen as states' rights issue

...It's not chest beating, it's, 'Hey, you guys got to step back,"' he said. According to an analysis by Legislative Counsel Gerald Luckhaupt, U.S. Supreme Court precedents suggest the state has a weak case. In a 2009 memo to House...
Voucher bill under fire challenged because of ``the extremely broad category of costs and fees'' that could be paid to parents. Legislative Counsel Michael Ford has previously stated vouchers do not appear to be constitutional. Kohring has said his proposal...


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